Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Office for National Statistics has, for the first time, included estimates of the impact of prostitution and illegal drugs in the national accounts. By the ONS’ reckoning they add about £10bn to the British economy.

Estimates of anything to do with the black economy are always going to be uncertain at best, but the statistics available are pretty interesting. Read more

Racial prejudice is growing in Britain, at least according to the headline on the front of the Guardian newspaper this morning. The paper describes a “Rising tide of race prejudice across Britain” based on new data from the British Social Attitudes Survey.

The BSA asked respondents whether they’d describe themselves as prejudiced against people of other races. The Guardian aggregated those who said they were very prejudiced and those who said they had a little prejudice.

It is true that this proportion has risen recently, from 27 per cent in 2012 to 32 per cent in 2013, but the long term trend is decline.

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The full regional breakdown of results and turnout in Ukraine’s presidential election is shown in the interactive graphic above, including figures for individual stations within Donetsk and Lugansk. Read more

The chart below, included in today’s Office for National Statistics figures about retail sales shows what Ed Milliband, the Labour party leader, would refer to as the cost of living crisis.

In the shaded part of the graph volumes, a measure of the quantity of goods sold, remains roughly flat while value, which is the amount spent, steadily rises.

Source: ONS

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Voters will go to the polls in all 32 London boroughs, 36 metropolitan authorities and handful of other councils on May 22. This interactive map and cartogram shows the current state of parties in the local authorities holding elections, and some of the possible scenarios for the elections’ outcomes.